Magnetic particle inspection (MPI) is a non destructive test (NDT) method used to check for surface and near-surface discontinuities in ferrous materials. Our magnetic particle testing is performed on-site or in one of our state-of-the-art laboratories.
Because this method relies on a magnetic field to produce results, it works best on ferrous materials, like nickel, iron, cobalt, and some alloys. Components like billets, bars, castings, forgings, fasteners, weldments and extrusions are also commonly tested using magnetic particle inspection.
Magnetic particle testing methods
Magnetic particle inspection can be performed using a wet or dry method, depending on the application. In both methods, the product is electrically charged to create a magnetic field. Then, ferrous iron particles are applied to the part in a dry or wet suspension.
If there is a crack or other defect present, the particles will be attracted to the flaw and build up around the leakage to for an “indication.” The indication is then evaluated to determine the characteristics and cause of the defect. Results allow our Engaged Experts to understand the type and severity of any discontinuities on the part’s surface or sub-surface.
The Element advantage
By examining the nature, location and extent of an indication, our highly trained and experienced inspectors can determine the origin and cause of both surface and near-surface discontinuities.
Element operates full-service non destructive testing and magnetic particle inspection laboratories that utilize advanced equipment capable of performing quality inspections for virtually any form of ferrous material, component or assembly.
For more information about our magnetic particle testing or to request a quote, contact us today.
Standards We Test To
American Metal Society
AMS 2300, AMS2301, AMS 2303, AMS 2442, AMS 2640
American Petroleum Institute
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
ASME Section V, ASME Section VIII, ANSI/ASME B31.3
American Society for Non-Destructive Testing
NDT 2, NDT 3
ASTM A275, ASTM E45 (Method A), ASTM E709, ASTM E1444
American Welding Society
Deutsches Institut fur Normung E.V.
DIN EN 10228-1,, DIN EN 1369, DIN EN ISO 10893-5, DIN EN ISO 17638, DIN EN ISO 9934-1, EN 1369, EN ISO 9934-1
MIL-I-6868, MIL-STD-1907, MIL-STD-1949, MIL-STD-271, MIL-STD-68E
National Aerospace Standard
Society of Automotive Engineers
Various Customer Approvals
Boeing, Bombardier, Douglas, Eaton, GE, Hamilton Sunstrand, Honeywell, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Rolls Royce, Sikorsky
Our magnetic particle testing equipment
Magnetic Particle Inspection
Magna-tech GB 3568A
Contacts: 5,500 Amps | Coil: 2,800 Amps
A multi-directional stationary mag machine that features a 100-inch bed with a 1,000 pound hoist. This state-of-the-art equipment facilitates high-quality inspections in half the time of a conventional mag unit and reduces handling requirements, thereby decreasing lead times and increasing productivity. This unit accommodates specimens up to 12,000 pounds.
Magnetic particle inspection
Contacts: 4,300 Amps | Coil: 2,700 Amps
This fast, reliable testing equipment features a 144-inch bed, which accommodates exceptionally long specimens.
magnetic particle inspection
Hand-held Yokes, Prods and Cables
These portable devices accommodate onsite inspections of larger components.
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